A guide to terpenes and terpenoids

We often associate plants with their scent, from the soothing aroma of lavender to the refreshing fragrance of pine. These pleasant scents come from compounds called terpenes. While terpenes are present in many plants, they can be found in high concentrations in the cannabis plant.

In nature, terpenes take on a protective role, helping to repel predators or protect plants against disease. But the growing popularity of CBD has inspired research into how terpenes can have a positive effect on humans. In this article, we will be looking at terpenes, how they affect the body, and how they are used in CBD products.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are the compounds that give the cannabis plant its distinctive scent. Some people use the terms ‘terpenes’ and ‘terpenoids’, but it is important to note that the two are different. Terpenes are found in living plants, but once a plant dries they undergo oxidation and change form. The term ‘terpenoids’ actually applies to terpenes that have been oxidised.

In the cannabis plant, terpenes are secreted in the same glands which produce cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) . However, those of you who are familiar with the difference between THC and CBD will know that the body responds to these compounds differently, and the same applies to terpenoids.

How do terpenes affect the body?

As previously mentioned, terpenoids produce an array of pleasant scents commonly associated with aromatherapy. For example, linalool has a lavender-like scent that is known for its calming effects. This could help those seeking natural ways to deal with stress or to establish a healthy sleep cycle. Similarly, limonene (as the name suggests) offers a vibrant, citrusy fragrance that is equal parts relaxing and uplifting. 

There have been numerous studies into whether terpenes have any additional health benefits. These include investigating terpenes’ potential anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and therapeutic effects. However, it must be noted that further and more detailed research is required to substantiate any claims surrounding the health benefits of terpenes.

Terpenes in CBD products

Terpenes are often used in ‘full spectrum’ CBD Oils. There is a marked difference between these and the narrow-spectrum CBD oils that we offer at Grass & Co. We use narrow-spectrum CBD for a variety of reasons. For instance, it contains no trace of THC (the psychoactive component in the cannabis plant) and high levels of pure CBD. This ensures that our CBD Oils are of the finest quality.

Our CBD Oil can be easily incorporated into a range of daily rituals. For instance, our CALM 500mg CBD Oil can help soothe the mind before a stressful day at work, or at the end of the day to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep.

This is one of many examples of how Grass & Co. combines premium quality CBD with carefully selected natural ingredients. In fact, we are able to blend our CBD Oil with delicious complementary botanicals because narrow-spectrum CBD has a much more delicate flavour. In comparison, terpenes can have a slightly bitter taste which many find unpleasant. If you’re interested in finding out more, we recommend you take a look at our recent guide on the difference between full spectrum and CBD isolate.

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